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A day of fortune is like a harvest-day, we must be busy when the corn is ripe.
An absent friend gives us friendly company when we are well assured of his happiness.
Behaviour is a mirror in which every one shows his image.
Certain books seem to be written, not that we might learn from them, but in order that we might see how much the author knows.
Every bird has its decoy, and every man is led and misled in his own peculiar way.
Happy the man who early learns the difference between his wishes and his powers.
He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
He who does not think too much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.
How can we learn to know ourselves? By reflection, never, but by our actions. Attempt to do your duty, and you will immediately find what is in you.
I have observed that as long as a man lives and exerts himself he can always find food and raiment, though, it may be, not of the choicest description.
I put no account on him who esteems himself just as the popular breath may chance to raise him.
In all things, to serve from the lowest station upwards is necessary. To restrict yourself to a trade is best. For the narrow mind, whatever he attempts is still a trade; for the higher, an art; and the highest in doing one thing does all, or, to speak less paradoxically, in the one thing which he does rightly he sees the likeness of all that is done rightly.
It is not enough to know; we must apply what we know. It is not enough to will; we must also act.
It is only necessary to grow old in order to become more indulgent. I see no fault committed that I have not been myself inclined to.
Most men, even the most accomplished, are of limited faculties; every one sets a value on certain qualities in himself and others: these alone he is willing to favour, these alone will he have cultivated.
No man learns to know his inmost nature by introspection, for he rates himself sometimes too low, and often too high, by his own measurement. Man knows himself only by comparing himself with other men; it is life that touches his genuine worth.
Real and solid happiness springs from moderation.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude; character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.
The loss of a much-prized treasure is only half felt when we have not regarded its tenure as secure.
The old lose one of the greatest privileges of man, for they are no longer judged by their contemporaries.
There is nothing more pitiable in the world than an irresolute man vacillating between two feelings, who would willingly unite the two, and who does not perceive that nothing can unite them.
We are accustomed to see men deride what they do not understand, and snarl at the good and beautiful because it lies beyond their sympathies.
We blame equally him who is too proud to put a proper value on his own merit and him who prizes too highly his spurious worth.
We cannot too soon convince ourselves how easily we may be dispensed with in the world. What important personages we imagine ourselves to be! We think that we alone are the life of the circle in which we move; in our absence, we fancy that life, existence, breath will come to a general pause, and, alas, the gap which we leave is scarcely perceptible, so quickly is it filled again; nay, it is often the place, if not of something better, at least for something more agreeable.
We in reality only know when we doubt a little. With knowledge comes doubt.
We rather confess our moral errors, faults, and crimes than our ignorance.
We should know mankind better if we were not so anxious to resemble one another.

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